Clint Hill joins Virginia ranks

VIRGINIA has pulled off another pre-season coup by signing Gawler Central veteran and former A-grade captain Clint Hill for the 2018 Adelaide Plains football season.
The 34-year-old dual-flag winning Tiger was originally contemplating either a move to SMOSH West Lakes or retirement, but, ultimately, decided on a move to the Rams alongside 2014 premiership team-mate Danny Stanley.
“It was something different, me and Stanley, we’re closer to Henley Beach and Largs,” Hill said.
“‘Herz’ (Virginia coach Damien Herzick) made Stanley an offer, and I wasn’t going to move to SMOSH on my own.
“Stanley and I have been speaking, and with it potentially being my last year, I said I’d have a year with him.
“It’s like a fresh start, it’s something different, and I know a couple of lads out there already.
“It’s a different competition and something new.”
Despite the allure of a new challenge under his former Gawler Central coach, the man commonly known as ‘Guru’ said that it was hard leaving the Tigers – a club he’s called home for nearly two decades.
“Yeah, it was hard, but, obviously, now living in Largs with the missus and she’s pregnant, playing closer at SMOSH originally was the main reason, and now Stanley’s headed out with Virginia,” he said.
“I was originally a bit reluctant, but I had a good chat with ‘Herz’ and I’m looking forward to it.
“I think I’ve given Gawler Central everything I’ve got.”
Despite having a horrid run of injuries throughout the 2017 season, Hill is still eager to play A-grade footy.
“I haven’t really followed other leagues in the past, but they (the Rams) have made the finals in the last few years,” he said.
“‘Herz’ said they haven’t lost too many players, but I’m hoping to play A grade most weeks, and I’ll have a few breaks in between.”
Similarly, Hill hasn’t ruled out playing on in 2019.
“There’s a fair chance (that I’ll retire at season’s end), the last few years I’ve been weighing it up,” he said.
“That’ll be the same this year, and if I have a good year then I’ll have another think about going around in 2019.
“If Stanley’s still there and Herz’s still there, I don’t see why not.”

Jack Hudson


Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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